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Themes versus Templates
FIGURE 4.1
This slide uses the Title Slide layout and the Facet theme.
Title placeholder
comes from the layout
Graphical design
comes from the theme
Font choices come
from the theme
Subtitle placeholder
comes from the layout
A theme is a group of design settings. It includes color settings, font choices, object effect
settings, and in some cases also a background graphic. In Figure 4.1, the theme applied is
called Facet, and it is responsible for the colored shapes and lines on the edges, the colors
of those graphics, and the fonts used on the slide.
A theme is applied to a slide master , which is a sample slide and not part of the regular
presentation, existing only behind-the-scenes to provide its settings to the real slides. It
holds the formatting that you want to be consistent among all the slides in the presenta-
tion (or at least a group of them, because a presentation can have multiple slide masters).
Technically, you do not apply a theme to a slide; you apply a theme to a slide master, and
then you apply a slide master to a slide. That’s because a slide master can actually con-
tain some additional elements besides the formatting of the theme such as extra graphics,
dates, footer text, and so on.
Themes versus Templates
As you learned in Chapter 1, a template is a fi le on which you can base new presentations.
Templates typically have a .potx extension (or a .potm extension if macro-enabled). A
template may contain one or more themes (that is, sets of design choices, like backgrounds,
layouts, and font choices), plus one or more slides containing sample text.
A theme is both simpler than and more complex than a template. A theme can exist either
inside of a template or as a separate fi le with a .thmx extension. A theme is simpler
 
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